Brooklyn Ballet is the reason I am dancing today, passionately doing what I love. They changed my life by opening my eyes to the classical world and I know they will change many more.
– John Michael Abenanty, former PS 207 Elevate student & current professional dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet
Dear Friends and Brooklyn Ballet Family,
It’s been an exciting year for Brooklyn Ballet. Your support helped us deliver innovative dance performances and expand our community outreach. Thanks to you, we have accomplished so much in 2013.
Elevate: a Decade of Growth. Last June, Brooklyn Ballet celebrated 10 years of outstanding community service with Elevate @ 10! In a joyful reunion, Elevate alumni gave an energetic performance to commemorate the launch of this rigorous, in-school arts program. Elevate has brought ballet education to over 10,000 students in some of Brooklyn’s neediest schools. Having discovered the athleticism and beauty of ballet, many children are awarded financial scholarships to Brooklyn Ballet School, fostering an enduring commitment to ballet. More than 10 Elevate students have been accepted into national pre-professional schools, made possible by classical training and financial support from Brooklyn Ballet.
Brooklyn Ballet Company: Digital Pioneers. In April, we collaborated with NYC Resistors, a hacker collective, to explore the intersection between art and technology. The resulting work, In 4D was an innovative delight. Accompanied by our renowned musical partner, violinist Gil Morgenstern, audiences saw what a choreographer imagines through graceful, real-time computer-generated visualizations.
Brooklyn Ballet School: Raising the Barre! Enrollments were up 13 % this year. We now serve more than 600 students, 7 days a week, in classical ballet and modern dance classes — toddlers to seniors.
And we continued to Take Ballet to the Streets, with free outdoor dance encounters in parks, museums, and schoolyards, captivating new audiences across Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Ballet counts on your support — now more than ever. Your gift provides scholarships to gifted students, underwrites free performances across Brooklyn and it strengthens arts education in public schools, fostering creativity and self-confidence in our children. We’re dreaming big for the future, with plans underway for Brooklyn Ballet’s very own Nutcracker — celebrating the borough’s cultural mosaic. Ultimately, your gift helps ballet become a truly inclusive art form.
Your gift of $75, $100, $500 or $1000 will have an immediate impact on our students and our community. We thank you for considering a donation to Brooklyn Ballet.
Wishing you a beautiful holiday season,
Geri Armine-Klein Lynn Parkerson
Board Chair Founding Artistic Director
You can donate online here. Every gift — no matter the size — makes a difference.